This Super-Efficient Lightbulb Uses Tesla Tech for an Incandescent Glow

Despite their inefficiency, old-school incandescent lightbulbs sure did put out a pleasant, natural-looking light. The folks at Finally Light Bulb missed that light, so they brought it back with an efficient, affordable bulb using technology Nikola Tesla once patented. The team visited Gizmodo's NYC office to show us… » 7/24/14 11:39am 7/24/14 11:39am

What Are You Doing About Light Bulbs These Days?

There are the LED lightbulbs you know you should buy, and then there are the insane 10 for $10 sales that try to lure you back to the incandescent days. But between everlasting light bulbs, app-controlled light bulbs and light bulbs that do the dishes and see into the future, it's pretty clear that change is upon us.… » 6/23/13 2:18pm 6/23/13 2:18pm

Is Obsolete Tech an Inalienable Right?

Today's superfluous political grappling comes via Texas, where Republican rep Joe Barton's incensed by legislation mandating efficient incandescent lightbulbs. Rather, he and his backers claim, Americans should be able to screw-in whatever they damn please. Is old tech really a liberty? » 7/12/11 10:30am 7/12/11 10:30am

Now That Samsung Is Making Lightbulbs, Maybe They'll Be Cheaper

Samsung is getting into the LED lightbulb game. And they may have the manufacturing clout to drive the price of the bulbs down because they're making all the parts in house. » 5/17/11 7:20pm 5/17/11 7:20pm

$50 Worth of LEDs May One Day Replace Your Basic 100-Watt Light Bulb.…

Get ready to dump your power-hungry incandescent light bulbs and replace them with some LED-inspired lighting. The government phase-out of current 100-watt incandescent bulbs goes into effect January 2012 and, like it or not, LED may be the replacement. » 5/17/11 1:52am 5/17/11 1:52am

A Brief History of Luminance

Sometimes we share our favorite, tantalizing new lighting concepts. But strip away the curvy shades, the metallic rods—the packaging. What's left? The shine itself. Dwell reflects on the long, bright history of light, and where it's headed. » 8/09/10 9:00pm 8/09/10 9:00pm

Lightbulb Labels Will Start To Look Like Nutrition Facts

Soon, when you buy a new light bulb you'll see a new Nutrition Facts-style label that details the numbers most important to you: how bright the bulb is, what the energy cost is, and when they'll burn out. » 6/28/10 2:00pm 6/28/10 2:00pm

Bulb 2.0: Homage to a (Once) Timeless Design

Not that there's anything particularly wrong with the soft serve style of traditional CFLs, but we sort of love the overly cutesy nature of the Bulb 2.0, a compact fluorescent shaped lamp with the faux filament of a traditional incandescent lightbulb. It's both a nod to Edison in an era when his most famous invention… » 8/13/08 1:16pm 8/13/08 1:16pm

Purdue University Breakthrough Could Lead to Low-Cost, Mass-Produced…

The researchers at Purdue University are just full of bright ideas these days, and this weekend was no exception. Thanks to a major breakthrough, they may have overcome a major obstacle for "solid state lighting," which laymen like to call LED (light emitting diode). That obstacle? Cost. LEDs are expensive, mostly… » 7/20/08 4:00pm 7/20/08 4:00pm

'CFL FTW' Illuminates the Tragedy Behind Lightbulb Progress

Poor incandescent bulbs. They had about 100+ years of dominance, but now it's the era of energy-efficient compact fluorescent. And this triumph of the CFL has been archived for future historians in the most permanent record known to our culture: a T-shirt. If you'd like to see this clever garment actually be produced,… » 6/16/08 5:00pm 6/16/08 5:00pm